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 they would probably be insulted and perhaps attacked, but were not to fire unless at the order of their officers. The train of thirty-five cars reached the President Street station in Baltimore at ‘about 10 A. M.,’ according to Captain Follansbee, but according to Mayor Brown of that city, at 11 A. M.1 This gentleman has always maintained that if the regiment had marched in a body through the city—which had been done the day before by an unarmed force from Pennsylvania, with a few regular troops—there would have been no serious trouble. It had been the intention of Colonel Jones to do this; and twenty rounds of ball cartridges had been issued to the regiment and rifles had been loaded and capped. But it was the practice at the President Street station to detach the through cars, on arrival, and have each drawn by four horses through the city to the Camden Street station, a distance of more than a mile; and this practice, previously unknown to Colonel Jones, was followed at this time. The effect was of course hopelessly to disintegrate the raw and untried regiment. About nine cars, containing seven companies, with which was Colonel Jones, went through in safety, except that the last car, containing Co. K, was delayed by obstructions on the track and had some windows broken. These, with other obstacles, including, for instance, a heavy anchor, soon made the track absolutely impassable, and the gathering mob saw the four remaining companies, without their colonel, in a manner delivered into its hands. These companies were C, D, I, L, under Captains Follansbee, Hart, Pickering and Dike; also the band, and an unarmed force from Pennsylvania, neither of which two bodies left the station. The four companies formed on President Street, numbering about two hundred and twenty men in all, under Captain Follansbee, and set out on their march. The mob crowded in upon them, throwing paving stones and other missiles. The troops increased their pace to double-quick; pistol shots were fired, and one soldier fell dead. Mayor Brown arrived on the scene, asked Captain Follansbee to discontinue the double-quick, and said to him, ‘You must defend yourselves.’ He then placed himself by the captain's side and marched about a third of a mile, as he states, with the troops, which occasionally fired irregularly. After a time, Marshal Kane with a body of policemen (less than fifty) came up on the run and placed
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